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Old 29th September 2017, 11:50   #1
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County ratings 2017

Ratings/ranking takes into account performances in all 3 competitions. Just my view - feel free to add your own.

Essex

What hasn't already been said about a magnificent Championship-winning season? Miles better than everyone else. Not bad with the white ball either - stormed through their 50 over group before coming up against a rampant Nottinghamshire. 9

Nottinghamshire

Absolutely steamrollered everyone in their path to do the 50 over cup / T20 double in style, looking by far the most accomplished side in both. Achieved the goal of promotion from Division 2 despite faltering in the finishing straight. 9

Worcestershire

An exciting home-grown side packed with young talent played consistently from day 1 to secure the Division 2 Championship. While it may be long forgotten, they also topped their 50 over cup group. 8

Northamptonshire

Given their minimal resources, David Ripley and his team continue to perform wonders. Nine wins in Division 2 should have seen them promoted - denied by a careless 5 point deduction. Never really got going in the T20 this time around. 7

Somerset

On the face of it, really not a bad season for Somerset, yet Matt Maynard is on his way out of the club. Yes, they clawed their way out of the relegation places in the Championship, but claw they did. Their white ball performances were commendable and can count themselves unfortunate to twice come up against Notts in the knock-outs, where the latter went on the rampage in the 50 over cup. 6.5

Surrey

Ten draws in the Championship saw Surrey safe but also nowhere near being challengers. Continued to look a smart white ball side on their day - undone by Alex Hales in the one-day final and reached the T20 quarters. 6.5

Glamorgan

Getting to T20 Finals Day boosts their rating, but overall they do seem to be progressing, with a positive outlook under Robert Croft. Encouraging to see so many young home-grown players stepping up in the Championship. 6

Hampshire

Fell away in the Championship after a good start. A return to something like their best in the T20 Blast, where they reached Finals Day, gives their rating a boost. 6

Lancashire

The only side to mount anything resembling a challenge to Essex in the Championship, and finishing second is not to be sneezed at. Not so far off with the white ball but lacked the consistency needed to progress in either group. 6

Derbyshire

After a terrible 2016, any progress was to be welcomed and there was some, notably playing some good T20 cricket under John Wright to reach the quarter-finals. 5

Durham

Hard to rate a club whose heavy points deductions made it difficult to challenge in any competition (they would have progressed in the 50 over cup without the deduction). Battled on in difficult circumstances, including the ongoing player exodus. 5

Warwickshire

Another club that is difficult to rate, as terrible performances in the Championship and 50 over cup contrasted sharply with the emergence of an exciting T20 side who picked up the pace to make it to the final. 5

Yorkshire

A difficult season for Yorkshire, who found it tough going in the Championship from the start. It was also very disappointing to see them fail to even qualify in the Blast, as on their day they look one of the best teams in that format. 5

Sussex

With the players at their disposal, Sussex were expected to challenge in Division 2, but produced erratic performances underpinned by some strange selection policies. White ball was equally up and down, which ultimately cost them a T20 qualification spot. 4.5

Gloucestershire

Another season of anonymity as they failed to make any challenge across all three formats. The emergence of several good youngsters is encouraging, but adding to the trophy cabinet looks some way off. 3

Kent

Okay in the Championship but nothing more, and found wanting with the white ball - their abysmal performance in the 50 over cup marks them down to a... 3

Middlesex

The shock of relegation for the 2016 County Champions capped a season that somehow went wrong on every level. A total no-show with the white ball as well. 3

Leicestershire

With a strife-ridden dressing room before the departure of coach Pierre de Bruyn, this was an abysmal season for Leicestershire. Mucked up a golden opportunity to progress in the 50 over cup, but as they at least qualified from the T20 group they have to be given some points. 2
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